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So here is a question for you on the light bulb issue...
How many of these light fixtures that are up really
high do you have ???
CY: There are high bulbs in the chapel. At the moment, the
bulbs in question are in an attic maintenance area, which
houses the air handler. The access is via ladder, about 12
plus feet up. The bulbs are about 12 feet from the floor of
I am assuming that they are in the main assembly/
worship space... Is the seating/pews/benches in
that area movable or fixed in place ???
CY: I've seen the pews moved, but not totally sure how to do
that. One time someone drove a manlifter in. Put some
plastic over the pews, and painted the ceiling. With any
luck, he was a direct lineal descendant of Michelangelo.
Spot re-lamping is going to drive you crazy, you may
as well just figure on once a year changing all the
lamps in that space (or waiting until several lamps
are out) and renting a portable scaffold/staging with
enough pieces to come within arms reach of the
lights when you assemble it and change out all of
the lamps at that time...
CY: I hear yah. The attic area has four bulbs, and if I can
get my act together, they are all four gonna be relamped.
Doing this will allow you to get up close and
personal with the ceiling and clean cobwebs out
of the light fixture and any HVAC vents on the
ceiling... Every few years you do this you could
repaint the ceiling if it is sheetrock/plaster/painted
wood OR refresh the suspended ceiling tiles if
this is a drop ceiling...
CY: I'm not sure what is the ceiling. But, you are totally
correct. Get the various other work while you're up there.
Paint the rain spots, blow out the cobwebs, and all that.
You will find that if you plan and coordinate
annual or multi-annual maintenance tasks you will
see that if you rented a scaffolding/staging setup
for a week or two once a year you will have more
"little projects" that you could do with it that would
have been so much more difficult and less safe to
complete without it...
CY: For sure, get the scaffolding out once a year, and be
done with it.
Every place I have ever worked maintenance at
has always had a scissor platform lift which could
get us to within arms reach of 90% of the ceilings
inside the building... Such lifts are worth their
weight in gold inside and outside on flat level
paved areas where you need to reach up to do
work within the limits of the lift...
CY: They do have some kind of chargable electric scissor
lift. They use it to relamp the fixtures in the gymnasium,
and focuss the colored spot lamps. That kind of thing. When
they relamped the gym, probably about 1/3 of the bulbs were